V is for Veronica

Every Wednesday, I feature a writer/blogger and his/her workspace.  My aim is to get to know fellow bloggers/writers better through their workspace and writing habits. I also wanted my bloggy friends to share some of their writing wisdom here.

Today, I am most eager to welcome Veronica Truesdale. She’s the author of  that deep blog Thursday’s Child.

Welcome, Veronica!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do for a living? What genre do you love to write? What are some of your hobbies or interests? Do you have a hidden talent?

Veronica Truesdale

Thank you, Nutschell, so much for having me. I’m really honored to do this for my new buddy, whom I have dubbed, my west coast connection. About me – I have been a paralegal for many years, although I have always written one thing or another. In 1999 I decided to become serious with the hobby, writing women’s fiction and children’s books. My two top loves are traveling and cooking. Any baking project or some gourmet recipe seriously helps me escape. I also love taking pictures, and smooth jazz is definitely on the list. Hidden talent – I guess I could say that would be dancing. Instead of PE in High School I had Interpretive dancing, and I’ve always regretted not pursuing that desire. I guess that would make me a complete right brained person.

On Workspace

1. Where do you do most of your writing?

Most times I write at my desk, which is in my loft. If I’m having difficulty thinking or the words won’t come, I take a pad and pencil or my laptop (whatever mood I’m in), and take myself into the sunroom or my bedroom. Now that the weather is getting warmer I’ll head for the park.

Veronica’s Workspace

2. Where did you get your desk? How did you go about arranging your work area?

It’s funny I had another desk at home in New Jersey, but once we moved here to Virginia it didn’t seem to fit the area. So, I sold it, and we were off to Haverty’s (a SE Virginia store) for a new one.  How did you go about arranging your work area?  I guess I’m somewhat old-fashioned; I need the pictures, flowers, and the necessities within reach. But sorry, it wouldn’t all fit in the pic.


3. What are some important things on your desk? Are there specific things you need to have around you as you work?

All the items on my desk have been collected over the years, and are all important. They used to occupy my desk at the outside job. Now, everything is simply waiting for me to be home full time.

4. What do you love most about your workspace? Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often?

When we bought this desk we wanted to make certain we had lots of room. I need space to spread out.  Do you have any favorite objects on your desk, or things you use often? Of all the things on my desk, if my Snoopy and my kaleidoscope were missing, I’d have to stop and go find them. Oh, and my dictionary.

Veronica’s favorite desk accessories


5. What’s your writing beverage? What do you love to drink while you’re writing?

It’s hot tea, cold tea or a large cup of coffee; and don’t laugh, it’s always decaffeinated. I haven’t had caffeine in more years that I know. I function just fine without it.

On Writing

1. Who is your favorite author? Who inspired you to write?

I have two favorite authors – Sidney Sheldon and Stephen King. Who inspired you to write? Personally, I can’t think of anyone who inspired me, writing is just something I have ALWAYS done.

2. What’s your typical day as a writer like? Do you have any writing-related rituals or quirks?

Unfortunately, since I have that pesky part-time job, my afternoons and evenings are the only time I get to write, and the weekends, of course. I get home, have lunch, and then, head to the computer. Do you have any writing-related rituals or quirks? I begin the afternoon ritual of checking e-mails, catching up with twitter and FB. After that, the headphones go on, and away I go.

3. Do you write everyday? How many hours a day do you spend writing? What are some of your worst writing distractions?

I would say that I take one day a week to goof off, but I read a quote somewhere that said even when a writer is not writing they are thinking about writing – that’s the sickness. How many hours a day do you spend writing? When I’m writing, I would say I get in a good four or five hours without interruption. What are some of your worst writing distractions? Other than twitter, and FB, my definite distraction is that over addictive Google Earth.

4. Why do you write?

I write because it’s a part of who I am. I write because I have all these stories rattling around in my head that are screaming to get out.

5. Any writing tips or techniques or words of wisdom you want to share with us? How about a favorite writing quote?

Words of wisdom – if you’ve thought about giving up the craft of writing; maybe you’re thinking it’s not for you or why did you get into this in the fist place? Walk away, don’t do it for awhile. Then, after a couple of months; if you find yourself habitually charting thoughts or going to the computer beginning one paragraph, and then another, be certain you’ve got the disease.

My favorite quote is from Langston Hughes – “Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.”

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Thanks, Veronica, for giving us a glimpse into your writing life.

Wednesday Writer’s Workspace is an ongoing series, and if you’re interested in being featured here, simply leave me a message in the comment box, and I’ll be sure to email you.

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35 Responses to “Wednesday Writer’s Workspace Welcomes Veronica Truesdale”

  1. Great interview, Veronica. You really gave us a feel for how you work and why you write.

  2. This is a great interview. Stephen King is one of my favorite authors too. Love the pictures of your home and all your special things.

    Keep up the great work.

    Cheryl
    http://booktoursandmore.blogspot.com/

  3. Jackie Spencer says:

    Even with a laptop – I too find myself writing a lot with pen and pencil. Especially if I’m away from home. Great interview.

  4. Hey Veronica, Interesting facts about you. Was most surprised to find your desk is in your loft. I’m thinking ,’no windows?’ I need lots of natural light but I guess everyone’s process and needs are different. The kaleidoscope is a good idea though–got me thinking!

  5. k~ says:

    I enjoyed taking a peek into the world of another writer with you nutschell. :-) Thanks!

  6. Ruth says:

    I love the writing area.

  7. I love kaleidoscopes, too, and Snoopy is such a joyful little mood booster. Good writing companions. Enjoyed reading your interview. Writers are always interesting to learn about.

  8. This is fun! Love your desk. I’ve definitely got the disease.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z

  9. Really liking that writing desk Ronnie, have to admit I’m sort of jealous…seems lately I’ve been relegated to the kitchen table, and always nice to hear the thoughts of another writer, thanks for sharing…
    Cheers,
    Alan.

  10. Julie says:

    Nutschell, Thanks for introducing us to Veronica! Lovely desk and writing area. It’s great that you’re so organized and I appreciate your tips!

    • Okay, I was hoping this came up. Not normally so organized. Nutschell lite a fire under my butt, by asking me to appear on her blog. You should have seen it before. Thanks Nutschell.

      Veronica

  11. A fancy desk. And what a ceiling! Nice space!

  12. Wow, she has a fancy desk!

  13. Beth Trissel says:

    Hello Veronica! Wow, what a fabulous workspace you have. I write with my laptop on the couch with my furbabies and grandbabies in and out and everyone else. It
    s crazy. Quiets down about 11:00 at night. I enjoyed this and learning more about you.

  14. Wow, Veronica has a much neater desk than I do!

    How does one become an interview subject?

  15. PAt Hatt says:

    Wish I had a desk like that, mine screws my neck up, pain in the butt thing. Great interview too.

  16. I love the writing area — and I freely admit that I cannot keep my work area so tidy. I’m just a tad envious!

  17. Lovely desk, lovely quote, lovely writing productivity, and lovely writer! Thanks for featuring Veronica, Nutschell.

  18. Nicole says:

    Thanks for sharing this interview – nice insights!

  19. Hi, Nutschell & Veronica,

    I’m jealous over that nice, big desk! Also wish I could get in as much writing time, but I know I should make more use of the time I have.

  20. I really enjoyed reading this piece yesterday in my email. Thank you for introducing us to Veronica, Writing Nut:)

  21. Ian Carter says:

    Fascinating look at the habits of a writer. Particularly liked the importance of the kaleidoscope!

  22. Thanks for sharing, Veronica! I’m off to find my own kaleidoscope and Snoopy figurine….

  23. Fun interview, ladies. Veronica, I’m jealous of your desk. I have a small desk in my bedroom, but I don’t like to work there so it’s basically just a stand for the printer. I write in a chair in our family room and have a small end table where I pile the books or other items I need to work. It’s not all bad since the small space forces me to keep things organized and put away. Best of luck with your writing!

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